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Development of a New Multi-Link Rear Suspension
Published October 3, 2012 by Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan in Japan
We have developed a new multi-link rear suspension that has a simple link configuration and a lower link that features a connecting bushing mechanism developed by Nissan. This innovative new connecting bushing mechanism not only helps to provide better handling stability by ensuring high stiffness and an adequate level of compliance steer, but also helps to improve the ride comfort by suitably controlling the behavior of tires when they encounter irregularities in the road surface, thereby providing a safe and comfortable driving experience suitable for a high-performance passenger vehicle. The new link layout enabled us to reduce the number of components compared with current multi-link suspensions, we have also achieved weight reductions by precisely controlling the load transmitted to links and suspension members.